Saudi cardiologist team concludes surgeries in Yemen

August 19, 2008

A team of Saudi cardiologists wrapped up a one-month mission to Yemen during which they carried out more than 200 successful cardiac surgeries on needy children, the Arab News reported yesterday.

The 40-member team, dispatched from the Prince Sultan Cardiac Center in Riyadh, performed operations, including 137 open-heart surgeries, for 227 children suffering from cardiac deformations. The team also examined 630 children for heart deformity, the daily reported.

The head of the Saudi medical team, Dr. Huwaida bint Outhami, said at a press conference in Sana’a that her team could have performed more surgeries were it not for the limited bed capacity at the cardiac center at Al-Thawra General Hospital in the Yemeni capital. She emphasized, however, that “the figures are not our ambition. Our target is the result of the operation.”

Dr. Huwaida bint Outhami said the mission was dispatched upon the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz in line with ongoing Saudi assistance to the people of Yemen.

Located in Riyadh, the Prince Sultan Cardiac Center is considered to be one of the most advanced cardiac centers in the region.